Consenting Adults (1992)

ALAN J. PAKULA

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  0

USA, 1992, , .  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Alan J. Pakula, David Permut.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .

Unbearably bad thriller directed by Alan J. Pakula, who had definitely left behind his good old days of political filmmaking by the time he made this stinker. Kevin Kline and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio play a happily married suburban couple whose lives are disrupted by the appearance of new neighbours in the form of dangerously sly Kevin Spacey and his sexy femme fatale wife  (daughter of Arthur). When Spacey starts to suggest that he and Kline swap wives for fun, it sets in motion of chain of events that go from completely unbelievable to boring and ridiculous. Most of this movie doesn’t make any sense, and when it does it’s so predictable that there’s really no point in going very far with it. The cast does an admirable job, but even they can’t save the offensively patronizing swill that rides the Fatal Attraction line of moral finger-pointing: disrupting the perfect unity of the nuclear family structure will result in devastation for the entire world!

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